Hillcrest Farm, Norway, Maine

Eric
Hillcrest Farm, Norway, Maine

Hiking/Walking/Mountain Biking

A 7-mile network of running and cross-country ski trails overlooking Norway Lake is located at 64 Roberts Road in Norway, 1.3 miles from the house. The ski trails are rated easy to difficult. A warming hut is located at the entrance and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm and on school holidays in the winter. Free equipment is available for loan when the warming hut is open. See https://www.wfltmaine.org/roberts-farm for more information.
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Roberts Farm Preserve Trails
64 Roberts Rd
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A 7-mile network of running and cross-country ski trails overlooking Norway Lake is located at 64 Roberts Road in Norway, 1.3 miles from the house. The ski trails are rated easy to difficult. A warming hut is located at the entrance and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm and on school holidays in the winter. Free equipment is available for loan when the warming hut is open. See https://www.wfltmaine.org/roberts-farm for more information.
The Preserve directly abuts our property. By either following the shoreline along the lake or walking north on Crockett Ridge Road for ¼ mile, you can access the trail network. The Preserve also connects to the Witt Swamp Preserve and the Witt Swamp Extension for a trail network of about 4.5 miles of easy walking to moderate walking. The most difficult part of the walk is down our hill to the waterfront, if you choose to go that way. Mountain biking is permitted on the trails. Trail races and yoga classes and the Winter Festival in February are a few of the activities offered at the Preserve. For more information about the Preserve, see https://www.wfltmaine.org/shepards-farm
Shepard's Farm Preserve
139 Crockett Ridge Rd
The Preserve directly abuts our property. By either following the shoreline along the lake or walking north on Crockett Ridge Road for ¼ mile, you can access the trail network. The Preserve also connects to the Witt Swamp Preserve and the Witt Swamp Extension for a trail network of about 4.5 miles of easy walking to moderate walking. The most difficult part of the walk is down our hill to the waterfront, if you choose to go that way. Mountain biking is permitted on the trails. Trail races and yoga classes and the Winter Festival in February are a few of the activities offered at the Preserve. For more information about the Preserve, see https://www.wfltmaine.org/shepards-farm
Witt Swamp Preserve abuts our property and is great for relatively gentle walking, trail running and mountain biking. A 4.5 mile loop will take you from our trails, through the preserve and back again.
Witt Swamp Preserve
570 Pleasant St
Witt Swamp Preserve abuts our property and is great for relatively gentle walking, trail running and mountain biking. A 4.5 mile loop will take you from our trails, through the preserve and back again.
Great views with a moderate hike 15 minutes north in Greenwood
Noyes Mountain
Great views with a moderate hike 15 minutes north in Greenwood
Great park for families
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Range Pond State Park
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Great park for families

City/town information

From Crockett Ridge Road, take a left onto Route 118 and drive/bike 1 mile to the downtown shops and restaurants. A historical walking tour of downtown includes many structures built in the late 1800’s, after the Great Fire of 1894. See https://www.norwaydowntown.org/historical-walking-tour for details. The Main Street Gallery at 426 Main Street and the Matolcsy Art Center at 480 Main Street exhibit local Maine artisan’s work.
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Norway
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From Crockett Ridge Road, take a left onto Route 118 and drive/bike 1 mile to the downtown shops and restaurants. A historical walking tour of downtown includes many structures built in the late 1800’s, after the Great Fire of 1894. See https://www.norwaydowntown.org/historical-walking-tour for details. The Main Street Gallery at 426 Main Street and the Matolcsy Art Center at 480 Main Street exhibit local Maine artisan’s work.

Sightseeing

Located at 97 Main Street, South Paris, less than 10 minutes from the house, the garden is open daily to the public free of charge and boasts the largest collection of lilacs in New England. See https://www.mclaughlingarden.org/ for more information.
McLaughlin Garden
97 Main Street
Located at 97 Main Street, South Paris, less than 10 minutes from the house, the garden is open daily to the public free of charge and boasts the largest collection of lilacs in New England. See https://www.mclaughlingarden.org/ for more information.
Drive to the top of New England's tallest peak at 6,288 ft. best views in New England. See https://mt-washington.com/ for more information.
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Mt Washington Auto Road
Mount Washington Auto Road
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Drive to the top of New England's tallest peak at 6,288 ft. best views in New England. See https://mt-washington.com/ for more information.
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Mount Washington Cog Railway
3168 Base Station Road
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Local science museum 30 minutes north in Bethel
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Maine Mineral and Gem Museum
99 Main St
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Local science museum 30 minutes north in Bethel
A park with a closeup view of all of Maine's wildlife located about 30 minutes south on Route 26 in Gray
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Maine Wildlife Park
56 Game Farm Rd
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A park with a closeup view of all of Maine's wildlife located about 30 minutes south on Route 26 in Gray
Historical museum depicting Shaker life
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Shaker Village
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Historical museum depicting Shaker life

Evening Activities

A small casino featuring 24/7 gambling fia table games and slot machines, plus a bar and restaurant is located at 777 Casino Wy, Oxford, ME 04270. For more info, see www.oxfordcasino.com
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oxford casino hotel
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A small casino featuring 24/7 gambling fia table games and slot machines, plus a bar and restaurant is located at 777 Casino Wy, Oxford, ME 04270. For more info, see www.oxfordcasino.com
Oxford Plains Speedway A 3/8-mile track has car races every Friday and Saturday evening in the summer starting at 7:00 pm. Fun fact is that with 14,000 seats, the Speedway has the largest seating capacity of any sporting arena in Maine. For more info, see www.oxfordplains.com.
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Oxford Plains Speedway
785 Main Street
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Oxford Plains Speedway A 3/8-mile track has car races every Friday and Saturday evening in the summer starting at 7:00 pm. Fun fact is that with 14,000 seats, the Speedway has the largest seating capacity of any sporting arena in Maine. For more info, see www.oxfordplains.com.
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Bridgton Twin Drive-In
383 Portland Rd
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Stars & Strikes Bowling Center
108 Park St
Celebration Barn Theater
190 Stock Farm Road
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Deertrees Theatre
156 Deertrees Road
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Lake

Follow the path mowed through the grass to the lake. There are two canoes and three kayaks on a rack available for your use. After use, please take the boats out of the water and return them to the rack. Please do not leave paddles and PFDs at the waterfront. The water depth off our dock is 3-ft to 5-ft, so be careful when swimming. Given the depth, diving off the dock is not permitted. No lifeguard is on duty, so swimming is at your own risk. A 16-ft wide culvert/bridge on Crockett Ridge Road allows for boat travel, including pontoon boats, from the lower lake (where our dock is) to the larger and deeper portion of the lake. Norway Lake Marina is located off Route 118 and rents pontoon boats, skiffs for fishing, as well as canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. You can contact them at (207) 595-2242. You are welcome to bring your own boat and tie off at our dock. A public boat launch is located off Route 118 near Norway Lake Marina. White’s Marina is directly across the lake from our dock and offers sales and service of boats. Pennesseewassee Beach is available to the public and is located on the southwestern side of the lake for those looking for more of a sandy beach area. A playground area at the beach is great for children. No lifeguard is on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.
Pennesseewassee lake
Follow the path mowed through the grass to the lake. There are two canoes and three kayaks on a rack available for your use. After use, please take the boats out of the water and return them to the rack. Please do not leave paddles and PFDs at the waterfront. The water depth off our dock is 3-ft to 5-ft, so be careful when swimming. Given the depth, diving off the dock is not permitted. No lifeguard is on duty, so swimming is at your own risk. A 16-ft wide culvert/bridge on Crockett Ridge Road allows for boat travel, including pontoon boats, from the lower lake (where our dock is) to the larger and deeper portion of the lake. Norway Lake Marina is located off Route 118 and rents pontoon boats, skiffs for fishing, as well as canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. You can contact them at (207) 595-2242. You are welcome to bring your own boat and tie off at our dock. A public boat launch is located off Route 118 near Norway Lake Marina. White’s Marina is directly across the lake from our dock and offers sales and service of boats. Pennesseewassee Beach is available to the public and is located on the southwestern side of the lake for those looking for more of a sandy beach area. A playground area at the beach is great for children. No lifeguard is on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.
Norway Lake Marina
295 Lake Road
White's Marina
93 Lake Rd

Skiing

One of the best and largest ski areas in New England is located only 35 minutes away. For more info, see https://www.sundayriver.com/
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Sunday River Resort
15 S Ridge Rd
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One of the best and largest ski areas in New England is located only 35 minutes away. For more info, see https://www.sundayriver.com/
One of the more challenging and traditionally, colder ski areas in New England as it is in the shadow of Mount Washington, New England's tallest peak. Only 1 hour and 10 minutes from Hillcrest Farm. For more info, see https://www.skiwildcat.com/
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Wildcat Mountain
542 NH-16
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One of the more challenging and traditionally, colder ski areas in New England as it is in the shadow of Mount Washington, New England's tallest peak. Only 1 hour and 10 minutes from Hillcrest Farm. For more info, see https://www.skiwildcat.com/
Ski area located approximately 1.5 hours from Hillcrest Farm. See https://www.attitash.com/ for more info
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Attitash Mountain Resort
775 U.S. 302
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Ski area located approximately 1.5 hours from Hillcrest Farm. See https://www.attitash.com/ for more info
One of the only local ski areas to offer night skiing, Shawnee Peak is approximatley 30 minutes away. For more info, please see https://www.shawneepeak.com/.
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Shawnee Peak
119 Mountain Road
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One of the only local ski areas to offer night skiing, Shawnee Peak is approximatley 30 minutes away. For more info, please see https://www.shawneepeak.com/.
Smaller family oriented ski resort with 1,150 feet of vertical, located 30 minutes from our place. Spring, fall and summer offers a mountain bike park.
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Mount Abram
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Smaller family oriented ski resort with 1,150 feet of vertical, located 30 minutes from our place. Spring, fall and summer offers a mountain bike park.

Outdoors

Great opportunity to do something that you likely have never done before!
Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience
65 Main Street
Great opportunity to do something that you likely have never done before!
Mornington Crescent Sled Dogs
103 Patte Brook Road
Deepwood Farm
Small family farm that offers winter sleigh rides about 20 minutes away in Harrison
High View Farm
48 Leander Harmon Rd
Small family farm that offers winter sleigh rides about 20 minutes away in Harrison